Two suspects detained after shooting on Texas college campus

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – Three people were wounded, one critically, today when gunfire erupted during an altercation between two people on a community college campus near Houston, police said, the latest in a series of shootings on U.S. college and school campuses.

Two people “of interest” in the Lone Star College shooting were detained for questioning, including one with a student identification, according to authorities. “We are questioning them now,” Harris County Sheriff’s Office Captain W.K. Melacon told a press conference at the scene.

Authorities said the two people involved in the argument were in hospital. A maintenance worker who had been standing nearby was shot in the leg, and a woman with a student ID was taken to a hospital with a medical issue that was not a gunshot wound, they said.

An ambulance dispatcher said his company had transported three people to local hospitals. One of them was in critical condition and the other two were in “urgent” condition, he said.

The campus was searched and the all clear given, sheriff’s officers said. Classes were expected to resume on Wednesday.

The shooting at the community college with some 10,000 students was the latest incident at a U.S. school since a gunman massacred 20 children and six adults in Connecticut in December.

Acting Harris County Sheriff Armando Tello said the first call to police about the dispute at the college was made at 12:51 p.m. local time and sheriff’s deputies arrived two minutes later.

The argument began as a verbal exchange and escalated to shooting, authorities said. A handgun was involved but no other information was given about the weapon.

The shooting at the North Harris campus of the community college system occurred outside in the center courtyard, School Chancellor Richard Carpenter said.

Four schools in the Aldine district near Lone Star College were also locked down, said Leticia Fehling, a spokeswoman for the district.

Student Amanda Vasquez said she was waiting for an English class to start in a campus building when she heard shots.

“I heard about 6 shots … Kids started rushing down the hallway. It really happened so fast,” she told CNN news.

Vasquez said people in the classroom closed the door, turned off the lights and put a table against the door.

The Connecticut massacre shocked the nation and led President Barack Obama to push for stricter gun control. Texas has a concealed carry law that allows residents with permits to carry handguns, but they are not supposed to be taken into school buildings.

More in World News

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. A police officer attempts to escort Rushelle Gittens out of the court compound

    Woman threatens to kill cop at city court complex

  2. Colin Rodney

    Cop charged with taking bribes

  3. Marisha Bowen

    Bahamian man charged with killing Guyanese teacher

  4. Citizens fleeing country due to crime, IAC says

  5. Tricia Loo

    East Canje woman jailed over cocaine in suitcases

  6. 15-year-old charged with murdering suspect in sister’s abuse

  7. Jean Rodrigues

    Woman shot in crossfire between cop, fleeing bandit

  8. Linda, the mother of the suspect, displaying his football gear and accolades in a bid to prove his innocence in front of the Brickdam Police Station.

    Mother turns in alleged suspect in market shooting

  9. Amir Oren

    American Amir Oren at the helm as SCS readies to roll out parking meters


Recommended For You